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Stable Releases

Slackware ARM / AArch64 stable releases are either made in tandem with, or shortly after Slackware x86/64 has been released, unless there is a specific reason to hold back a release or if it's not quite ready.

Release maintenance - security and patches

Slackware ARM/AArch64 releases will be supported for a single release previous to the current release. For example: Slackware ARM 15.0 is released, and Slackware ARM 14.2 (the previous stable release) will remain supported. Slackware ARM 14.1 will be phased out within two to three months after the release of 14.2. There will always be a two to three month period where three releases are maintained in order to help transition between versions.

Communication regarding EOL (End of Life) arrangements will be given in the ChangeLog for the affected release(s).

"Support" means that the release receives the updates (where appropriate) that appear in Slackware x86.

Security patches - time scales

Stable and supported release: the goal is to delivery updated security patches in to the Slackware ARM tree as soon as the packages are available in x86 tree. Realistically, packages may lag behind by a few days due to the time taken to build some of the larger packages, the availability of build servers and the availability of developer time.

Slackware ARM 'current': The security updates may lag behind for days, weeks or months, depending upon the state of the tree. At some stages the tree may be in a state of flux (often due to the kernels, toolchains or a build of a large package such as 'KDE') and as such will not be in a state suitable for public consumption. Users are therefore advised that if the punctuality of security updates is of importance, they should choose a stable release rather than following the '-current' branch.

Slackware ARM / AArch64 release history

Version Min. Processor Architecture 32/64 bit Release Date Supported
Slackware AArch64 current (dev. branch) ARMv8-a 64bit Not released - Work in progress Yes
Slackware ARM 15.0 ARMv7-a 32bit 09-Feb-2022 Yes
Slackware ARM 14.2 ARMv5te 32bit 01-Jul-2016 Ended 31/03/2023
Slackware ARM 14.1 ARMv5te 32bit 07-Nov-2013 Ended 01/09/2016
Slackware ARM 14.0 ARMv5te 32bit 28-Oct-2012 Ended 05/05/2015
Slackware ARM 13.37 ARMv4t 32bit 01-May-2011 Ended 01/01/2014
Slackware ARM 13.1 ARMv4t 32bit 14-Jun-2010 Ended 10/07/2012)
Slackware ARM 12.2 ARMv4 32bit 29-Jun-2009 Ended 31/07/2010)
Slackware ARM 11.0 ARMv3 32bit 18-Jan-2007 Ended 29/08/2008